Mount Nebo, Jerash and Time for Farewells

Trip Start Dec 24, 2011
Trip End Jan 19, 2013

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Flag of Jordan  , Irbid,
Friday, August 10, 2012

Day 16 – Egypt & Jordan Adventure

They say time flies when you are having fun and in the last 16 days we have had an amazing journey with an amazing bunch of people. By this time the next day we would have said bye to a few people from our group. After breakfast that morning we were off to Mount Nebo. This is the place where Moses stood and saw the Promised Land. As for us we stood in a point where we could see Jerusalem and Jericho. They were also building a church on top of Mount Nebo which also had large mosaics that were going to be placed on the floor. After the visit we headed to a Mosaic centre. This centre was funded by Queen Nor for disabled folks. We were given a short tour on how these mosaics were made and then were allowed to roam around the shop. It was a massive shop with everything from small plaques to dining tables and they even offered shipping to your country for free if the items are too big to fit in your suitcase. As we were walking around the store my eyes fell on this particular piece of furniture and it was love at first sight. It was a card table with beautiful carvings that had four seats, backgammon board, chess board and a cloth layer for cards. The price was a whopping NZ$10,000. They tried to convince me to buy it but I told them how we were travelling and we just don't have that money at the moment. It was time to leave, an hour later we arrived in Amman, chucked our bags into our massive room and were ready to head to Jerash.

When we were trekking in ABC we met Jeff who had recently returned from a trip to Egypt and Jordan. He suggested to us that we must go to Jerash and see it. Along this entire trip we had been telling others about Jeff’s suggestion of Jerash. 10 of us decided to go to Jerash while the others stayed back at the hotel. Since we hadn’t had any lunch we stopped over to buy some random food in the local shops. Luckily people bought different things so we had a lot of different foods to try on the bus ride to Jerash. One thing that amazed me was the size of the bread Lucky bought for us for lunch.

Jerash was a small roman city and it is supposed to be the best preserved roman city. The story goes something like this, when people arrived here and saw the ruins they just built around the ruins. Once again I apologise for any misinformation but UNESCO doesn’t recognise this sight as a world heritage site. The Jordanian government is funding the excavations by themselves. It is really amazing as you will see a line of pillars and then suddenly there are traffic lights and then some of the pillars continue onwards. There were stunning photo opportunities but the heat was taking its toll on us. We walked past the stadium where jousting happened and the Temple of Zeus was impressive. However, the highlight was walking into a small theatre where if you stand and speak from a point your whole voice echoes around the theatre. This is where G Adventure tour Idol took place and the only contestant was Lucky who sang the song "This is a song that doesn’t end…." The crowd cheered for her, well the crowd of 10 people. After chasing shade at every point we reached the Temple of Artemis and relaxed there until a local came along and showed a trick where he moved one of the massive pillars. Lucky was convinced that this guy could move the pillar, while Nolan and I were trying to figure out his trick. Jerash has so many pillars and most of them are in a nice condition. With the heat getting stronger it was time for us to head back home. Zuhair lived in Jerash so he decided to go home to get his car while we went on our own back to Amman. We reached Amman and Anthony gave a small speech to the driver and tipped him for his services.

All of us decided to meet at 7pm for dinner and some of us decided to play 500 till dinner time. Zuhair had organised a really funky place for dinner. We took two taxi vans. The place we went to was a little strange as we were not allowed to drink alcohol outside in the open but were allowed to drink inside. If any one of us in our group wanted alcohol and eat then our table was to be inside. So we decided that if people wanted a drink then they can go inside. We settled for a table outside and ordered drinks. There were some issues with Nolan and his Pepsi glass. Basically there was a crack on his drinking glass and it was a mission to get an empty unbroken glass with a can of Pepsi for him. First they took the broken glass away which was filled with Pepsi and bought back an empty glass with ice in it. Then they took the can with the remaining Pepsi away. Finally after some stern words from Lucky and I, the waiters managed to get it right. All of us ordered a dish but Lucy, Michael 2 and I went inside to have a drink. Lucky joined us shortly and we celebrated on what has been one awesome trip. Most of our group had burgers as they really missed it including Lucky. For the life of me I can’t remember the name of the dish I had that night but it was possibly the best meal I’ve ever had, it was an eggplant dish with a meaty sauce in it. The people who ordered the burgers and couldn’t finish their chips gave it all to Nolan. At the end of dinner Anthony gave a speech to Zuhair as officially it was his last day with us. Zuhair spoke at the end of it as well. It was time to go and the waiters got our bill wrong when they overcharged for our dishes. Most of us were quite annoyed with their service.

Zuhair thought it would be nice to walk around Amman, and check out the night life. We walked through lanes and stairs and passed many shops. Eventually we ended at café where a few of us ordered some drinks. However Gerry was getting nervous as Nolan, Andrew, and himself had a taxi to catch to the airport at 10:30pm for a 1am flight. Eventually we paid for our drinks took our final group photos and headed for the taxi. It took us around 10 minutes to get from the hotel to the restaurant. However on the way back the driver missed an exit and to this day I think the driver had no idea where he was going. Even though none of us had anything important on, we were still stressed for Gerry and the boys as the taxi driver took his time. Somehow we arrived at the hotel, Gerry and the boys ran up to collect their gear while downstairs we took photos with everyone. Soon Gerry and the boys arrived and we wished them well as they were off. Cheng, Anthony, Vittoria and Mark were off in the early morning so we wished them well as well.

It was the beginning of many farewells to come for the next day.
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